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Politics and Tradition Between Rome, Ravenna and Constantinople: A Study of Cassiodorus and the Variae, 527-554

M. Shane Bjornlie
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Language
English
Variant Title
Cassiodorus and the Variae, 527-554
Series
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought. Fourth Series
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought
ISBN
9781107028401 (hardback), 110702840X (hardback)
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Summary
"The Variae of Cassiodorus have long been valued as an epistolary collection offering a window into political and cultural life in a so-called barbarian successor state in sixth-century Italy. However, this study is the first to treat them as more than an assemblage of individual case studies and to analyse the collection's wider historical context. M. Shane Bjornlie highlights the insights the Variae provides into early medieval political, ecclesiastical, fiscal and legal affairs and the influence of the political and military turbulence of Justinian's re-conquest of Italy, and of political and cultural exchanges between Italy and Constantinople. The book also explores how Cassiodorus revised, updated and assembled the Variae for publication and what this reveals about his motives for publishing an epistolary record and for his own political life at a crucial period of transformation for the Roman world"--
Contents
  • Part I, The Variae as windows onto painted curtains : 1. Cassiodorus and Italy in the fifth and sixth centuries
  • Part II, Cassiodorus and the circumstances of political survival: 2. The age of bureaucracy ; 3. The reign of Justinian ; 4. Voices of discontent in Constantinople ; 5. The Anicii between Rome, Ravenna and Constantinople ; 6. The memory of Boethius in the Variae
  • Part III, Reading the Variae as political apologetic: 7. Literary aspects of the Variae ; 8. Antiquitas and novitas : the language of good governance in the Variae ; 9. Natura and law in Justinian's Novellae and the Variae ; 10. Reading good governance in the Variae and the De anima ; 11. The Variae as apologetic narrative ; 12. Conclusion. innovative traditionalism and its consequence.
Description
xiii, 370 p. ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 334-363) and index.
Series Statement
Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought. Fourth series ; 89
Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought 4th ser., 89
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